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Mairin's Garden

Apart from that, the back garden has filled out.  Mind you, why wouldn’t it with all that rain! The front garden has all the hot colours and the back has the calming colours.   A dahlia came up in the middle of the main border which will have to go out to the front, along with a couple of gladioli.  I have to give the lawn a good feed as it is starting to turn slightly yellow.  I have the spring bulbs bought and some of them planted up.  

The front garden needs a serious tidy-up.  The evergreen tree in the front is going – I am in two minds as to take it out now or leave it until next spring.  It gives a bit of shelter to the acer behind it so the jury is still out.  I need to get trailer loads of manure for the front.  I had a look at the website www.tumbletown.ie and there is horse manure free to a good home available in Swords/Ballyboughal which isn’t a hundred miles away.  There is one small problem – well, two actually.  I neither have a trailer nor a hitch on the car!  Would it smell out the car if I put it into containers and loaded the containers into the boot?  Do I dare to try it? 

A fellow “Irish Gardener” recommended www.seedaholic.com for seeds.  I logged on and was amazed.  I ordered 9 packets of seeds for the price of €13.87 before postage.  Postage was €0.95 so for the shockingly affordable price of €14.82, I have all the seeds I need to revamp the front garden.  Certainly can’t beat that.  And to add to that, it is an Irish company, based in Westport, Co. Mayo.  Thanks for the tip, “Irish Gardener”. 


I won!

18 September 2014 23:18:36

I won Best Presented Front Garden Balbriggan/Swords in the Fingal County Council Cleaner Communities Awards.  Delighted but in a state of shock.  I didn't expect it. 

Joann Joann 18 September 2014 23:21:05

Well done and from the pics it looks like it was well deserved, take a bow!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 September 2014 05:51:23

And sure why wouldn't you, Mairin. It's a credit to you. Always so immaculately kep. 

Welcome back. :)

Rachel Rachel 19 September 2014 07:53:06

Gongratulations. It looks lovely.

roofy roofy 19 September 2014 07:53:33

Good on ya Mairin

TerriShoos TerriShoos 19 September 2014 08:36:38

Ah you shouldn't be shocked, it's a beautiful garden. Congratulations!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 September 2014 09:33:49

You must be delighted and the garden is looking beautiful. Well done.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2014 09:36:43

A well deserved award!

Dick Dick 19 September 2014 12:39:09

Congratulations, Máirín.

Keego Keego 19 September 2014 13:58:41

Great stuff and so well deserved it is lovley nice to get some recognition

Keego Keego 19 September 2014 13:58:44

Great stuff and so well deserved it is lovley nice to get some recognition

Myrtle Myrtle 19 September 2014 21:34:08

Well done, Mairin. Looks lovely.

JoanG JoanG 19 September 2014 23:08:01

Congratulations, it looks lovely and award well deserved.

'All off'

30 July 2014 23:20:05

I read that if you want to make sure your sweet peas continue to flower, cut all of the existing blooms off every week or so and the plants will respond with more blooms.  So tonight, armed with the secatures, I went out.  With each cut I made, 'all off' kept going through my head.  It comes from a scene in the film 'Roman Holiday' when Audrey Hepburn wanted her hair cut.  The barber cut a bit and another bit; finally agreeing to 'all off'.  In the film, once the job was completed, a beauty emerged.  As my cutting job was completed, I can't in all honesty say that a beauty emerged.  Quite the opposite - I looked in horror as the plant stood devoid of all flowers. 

In the meantime, I have a beautiful vase of blooms, giving off a wonderful fragrance.  I suppose that is the immediate beauty.  I just hope in a few days time, I shall see a new beauty emerge when loads of new blooms on my plant.

Moya Moya 30 July 2014 23:25:27

Let us know how you get on Mairin. I have done this when I was going away but didn't really get the results I expected.

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:31:18

I think it may have been Monty I saw saying to do this some time back, I have been doing for the last few weeks and granted the plnat does look very bare, but 7/10 days later the plant is bursting into flower again. Working for me here, no doubt.

Joann Joann 30 July 2014 23:35:03

I did it yesterday, well almost, I did leave a few blooms as I find it hard to be totally ruthless. It does work though, I try to do it on a regular basis but as the summer goes on I start forgetting and then end up with lots of seed pods instead!

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:39:36

Joann I know what you mean, but once the seed pods are produce the flowering part of the plant shuts down, remove the seed pods and the flowering will start again ;)

Joann Joann 30 July 2014 23:52:00

Ya Fran but by the time I get to that stage its a huge tangled mess as I usually plant a few together, also by then both me and the plant are exhausted ha ha

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:55:54

Be strong Joann, be very strong.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 July 2014 07:09:52

This has been the worst year for sweet pea for me! 

Which ones are yours, Mairin? Love the colour.

Jackie Jackie 31 July 2014 08:00:28

Have to say this has been my best year ever for sweet pea. I have done exactly the same and I'm doing it every 3/4 days. I have a constant flow of Sweet Pea and have a small vase of them on the kitchen windowsill every day for the past few weeks. Just keep on cutting and they will come back. Lots and lots of them. Give them a small feed occasionally too. But keep on cutting. You will be rewarded tenfold. 

JimCal JimCal 31 July 2014 09:12:34

Sweet pea has been very poor for me this year. Very slow to start. Not good at cutting them but when I do it does pay off

JimCal JimCal 31 July 2014 09:12:37

Sweet pea has been very poor for me this year. Very slow to start. Not good at cutting them but when I do it does pay off

Clara Clara 31 July 2014 10:01:06

I can get the smell from here ...love them.


PCON PCON 31 July 2014 10:03:37

I see I am not the only one with poor results on Sweet Pea, this year. I have had better results every year, for ages. Glad to hear yours are good, Jackie. You seem to be the only one. I wonder why?

Mary B Mary B 31 July 2014 11:34:34

Now I don't feel so bad, my sweet pea are terrible this year too, so disappointing as they are usually a highlight.

Jackie Jackie 31 July 2014 13:49:24

Last year mine were a disaster. But when we cut back the old shrubs and they are getting plenty of light plus feeding then this year is excellent. That's the only difference. 

Moya Moya 03 August 2014 22:00:25

I am surprised to see that they are not doing well for some people as we had some good sun in June/July. I have had mixed results. Some are not taking off at all and others doing well and sometimes they are growing quite close to each other. Go figure?

Rose: Variegata di Bologna

14 June 2014 22:48:31

This rose was bred in Bologna, Italy - hence the name.  According to the books, it likes a North facing wall.  I was sceptical as a north facing wall in Italy is probably warmer than a south facing wall in Ireland.  But I put it on a north-west facing wall, in moisture retentive soil.  It is thriving.  It looks like raspberry ripple ice-cream, it smells divine.  Only disadvantage is that is does not repeat flower.  What is rare is wonderful!   

Periwinkle Periwinkle 14 June 2014 22:53:41

Mairin, that is lovely! I have Rosa Mundi just coming out now too. It is also varigated pink and white.

Clara Clara 14 June 2014 22:59:27

A beauty Mairin ....Loved your Album  great photos and welcome back ........

JoanG JoanG 14 June 2014 23:00:01

That is an unusual rose, and great that it has thrived for you. Nice to see photos of your garden too, all looking lovely.

andyf7 andyf7 14 June 2014 23:02:10

Lovely, must check that one out.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 June 2014 06:03:11

Beatiful. Welcome back, Mairin. :)

fran m fran m 15 June 2014 07:43:24

That one is a little too much for me ;(

Good to hear from you, great talking to you at Bloom short and all as it was, hope all well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 June 2014 07:46:00

Mairin, just having a look at your album. You have made quite a transformation  on your garden since I saw it. Absolutely ADORE your water butt. Where did you source it? So much nicer than those horrid plastic ones, of which I have two.

And your little tool shed up by the house seems to be missing also????

Jackie Jackie 15 June 2014 08:07:05

This wouldn't be for me either. Not big into roses. But I do love your photo album. You have your garden looking so well. Love all the wood too!!! 

KL KL 15 June 2014 11:55:17

That's the most unusual rose iv ever seen!! It's stunning it almost looks like tie-died crumpled silk, best of luck with it :)

Dick Dick 19 June 2014 23:00:44

That is some rose, Máirín. I have never seen anything like it. While I have about 100 rose bushes, I still have to have one like that.

Mairin Mairin 30 July 2014 23:05:17

Hi Jacinta,

Check out www.rainbarrels.ie for the water butt.  They are a company based in Wicklow and have been at Bloom for the last few years.  Well worth the extra few euros as they are a feature in themselves.    The garden shed is still with us - up at the back wall beside the plant storage area.  Look carefully! 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 July 2014 08:01:01

I'd love one of those. I'd better starting thinking about what I want on this years' 'Santa' list. Oops!  I've said a curse!!!

Your shed has been very cleverly incorporated down at the back. It fits in there perfectly!

Rose: Variegata di Bologna

14 June 2014 22:42:36


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